LCEC has developed a program for environmentally conscious customers by providing a means to interconnect their renewable generation systems (RGS) including photovoltaic systems (PV) to LCEC’s power grid.
The LCEC Net Metering program allows LCEC members with a renewable generation system (RGS) to offset all or part of their energy use. To offset energy use, the output from the member’s RGS must be used downstream of the meter where it is connected.
Energy not consumed when it is produced is sent to the grid as excess energy and is accumulated and accounted for in “reserves” to be drawn upon as needed to offset future energy use from LCEC. For billing cycle months January through November, any accumulated excess energy in “reserves” will be carried forward for use in the subsequent billing month. In the last billing cycle month of each calendar year (December) all excess energy accrued as kilowatt hours (kWh) in “reserves” will be trued up and a check will be mailed to the member. The excess kWh accounted for in reserves at the end of the December billing period will be multiplied by the “as available rate” as provided by LCEC’s Wholesale Power Supplier to calculate the dollar amount. Since the “as available rate” is variable and is less than the retail rate, it is prudent for members to install a RGS that produces up to the amount of energy the member uses in a year.
In addition and on an annual basis, LCEC will perform a rate comparison analysis that compares billed retail charges under the net metering service for the prior calendar year to charges that the member would otherwise have been billed for the same consumption under the applicable rate if member was not receiving the net metering service. For each month where retail charges would have been less, LCEC will provide retail credit to the member. The rate comparison analysis results in members being charged the lower of the compared rates each month. The annual true-up of all excess energy accrued kWh and the rate comparison analysis are defined in the LCEC Rate Schedule Net Metering Rider.
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